Warriors vs. Grizzlies score takeaway: Klay Thompson bursts for 30 points, leads Golden State to Game 6 win

Warriors vs. Grizzlies score takeaway: Klay Thompson bursts for 30 points, leads Golden State to Game 6 win

The Golden State Warriors are heading to the Western Conference Finals after closing out the Memphis Grizzlies 110-96 in Game 6 on Friday night. It was a tightly contested game for most of the night, with the Grizzlies showing a terrific fight without star goaltender Ja Morant in the lineup. But in the end, experience won out, as the Warriors went on a scoring streak in the final five minutes to end Memphis’ season and return to the Conference Finals for the first time since 2019. .

The Warriors were led by Klay Thompson who had 30 points, while Stephen Curry came on late and finished the night with 29 points. On the other side, Dillon Brooks did everything he could to try and force a Game 7, dropping 30 points, while Desmond Bane added 25 points. With the win, the Warriors will face the winner of the series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns, which will be decided in Game 7 on Sunday night. Once the game is set, the Western Conference Finals will begin on May 18.

Here are three takeaways from Golden State’s decisive win over the Grizzlies on Friday night.

1. Death, taxes and Game 6 Klay

If you’ve been living under a rock for a few years, then you might not be familiar with the legend that is Game 6 Klay, where he tends to go completely bonkers during the Game Sixes playoffs. It all started in the 2015-16 playoffs, where the Warriors lost 3-1 to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals. Golden State was facing elimination, and Thompson seized the opportunity and busted out for 41 points in the victory. The Warriors won the championship that season, and thus Game 6 Klay was born.

I don’t know why Thompson always seems to find a way to get into a Game 6, but Friday Night against the Grizzlies was no different. Thompson finished with 30 points on a cool 8 of 14 from 3-point territory.

Thompson’s performance in the first half, where he racked up 17 points before halftime, was a big reason the Warriors even held on to a slim lead after the first two quarters. He was on fire from the first tip, racking up 11 points in the first 12 minutes of the game and never slowed down. It’s crazy to think that even after two whole years out of the game after suffering devastating injuries, you can still bet on Thompson to deliver an outstanding Game 6 performance.

2. It wasn’t pretty, but the Warriors got the job done

Golden State entered this game as an eight-point favorite over the Grizzlies, which was no surprise considering Ja Morant has been sidelined since Game 4. But while the Warriors covered the away, the final score wasn’t exactly indicative of how Golden State played. for the majority of the game. For about 43 minutes of play, the Warriors put on an incredibly sloppy performance. They finished the game committing 17 turnovers, most of which were careless possessions. At one point in the third quarter, Golden State turned the ball over on three straight possessions as the Warriors continued to try to play the home run in transition, but it only resulted in errant passes.

But with just under five minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Warriors finally started to come to life on offense and stopped messing with their food. They continued to disrupt the defence, stopped turning the ball around and instead converted a lot of those transition opportunities they were getting. Andrew Wiggins came out on top in the fourth quarter, getting 10 of his 18 points in the last frame of action. He was knocking down high-pressure 3s and was aggressive on defense to get deflections and a steal that led to a breakaway dunk. His aggressive play kind of reignited Golden State’s dominance on the stretch. But if Wiggins kicked things off in the fourth quarter, Curry finished it, knocking down two 3s to extend the lead to double digits for the Warriors, and Golden State coasted from there.

3. A round of applause for the Grizzlies

If someone tells you they expected Memphis to finish second in the West and make it past the first round of the playoffs, they’re lying. Despite the outcome of the season, the Grizzlies have much to be proud of, especially in the last two games of this series against the Warriors. Once Morant injured his knee, the Grizzlies were completely written off. But Memphis reacted incredibly well in Game 5 which culminated in a blowout win over Golden State, and even in Friday night’s game they were right on the ball until the final five minutes of the game.

It’s a credit to the tremendous roster building that’s happened in Memphis over the past few years. While Morant attracts attention, and for good reason! – the last two games of this series have shown that the Grizzlies are much more than Morant and a few decent role players. Guys like Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Dillon Brooks have all stepped up repeatedly to help carry the weight at both ends of the floor. What’s even scarier is the fact that Memphis is an incredibly young team with a very high ceiling, so they’ll be in the playoffs for years to come if the Grizzlies can keep that core intact. We’ll see this team again – with a healthy Morant – and next time they’ll have the playoff experience to face some of these veteran teams.

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